Kenneth E. Heselton, P.E., C.E.M.

Personal Information

Ken grew up in western New York State in a little town called Andover. While attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Long Island, New York, he met his wife Susan. Ken and Susan lived in Manhattan, center city Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Delaware, before moving to the Baltimore area. He served aboard several merchant ships as an engineering officer while Sue directed staff as the head nurse in several different hospital operating rooms.

Ken and Sue have lived around Baltimore since 1972. He has continued his involvement with boiler plants moving from operator to designer to manager of construction and commissioning to his present semi-retired position as consulting engineer.

Sue has changed careers twice. She still runs her custom sewing business "Sewfully Sue," which flourished in the 1980's, but it suffered for twelve years when she was elected as a representative to the Harford County Council. Community service still consumes most of her time (and some of Ken's). Sue was renown for getting elected to office spending less than $200. She did it three consecutive times and won her last election spending only the $25 required by the Board of Elections. Sue and a fellow councilwoman created the first "tree bill" in the county which has had an impact on the quality of developments and recovery of some tree-less space in the county. She served on committees for MACO (the Maryland Association of Counties) and NACO (National Association of Counties). She's really enjoying service to the community.

As with most people that find a hobby which takes over their lives, Ken and Sue have an avocation that leaves them little time for anything outside work. Licensed to band birds by the U.S. Geological Survey, they spend much of their time in the woods. They are members of the Eastern Bird Banding Association September and October you will find them on top of the Allegheny Front Mountain in West Virginia at AFMO (the Allegheny Front Migration Observatory) where they join many other volunteers to band, mostly warblers, and the occasional Sharp-shinned Hawk shown here, migrating from Canada on their way to the southern states, Central and South America. They spend one or two days each week teaching the county's fifth grade students about bird banding at the Harford Glen Environmental Education Center near their home in Joppa. They are also conducting several studies on avian population and survival at Harford Glen.

Extended stays in the woods and old age combined to compel them to buy a motorhome. It had something to do with tent fabric failing to keep out sub zero temperatures and twenty-five mile an hour winds while on the WV mountaintop. RVing is a life they've grown to enjoy and it has allowed them to do more. As Ken says "We're in the woods, but when you get out of the hot shower in your centrally heated motorhome, grab some ice cream out of the freezer, and sit down to watch the late news on television - you're not camping!" They have learned to enjoy the motorhome; are on their second vehicle and looking for a third so they can travel more. After all, it's too cold to band birds around Baltimore in January and February and too hot in July and August, so....

May 20, 1998, Ken and Sue were acknowledged by the Susquehannock Environmental Center (the first organization to promote recycling) as their 1998 "Environmental Volunteers of the year."

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